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Create & Animate


Monday - Friday: December 18 - December 22

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instuctor: TBA


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Create a world of your own in this camp that combines painting, collage and sculpture with storytelling and animation. Design zany characters, sets, props and create original stories. Then, bring everything to life through stop-motion animation using tablets and apps.

Foundations of Digital Animation


December 18 - December 22

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor TBD


Price: $135 members, $160 non-members

Dive into the fascinating world of animation with Adobe Animate! Explore the art of character design and brainstorm an original creation of your own. Then, use a stylus and graphics tablet to transform your visions into a smooth animation. In-class screenings of contemporary as well as historic animations will inform your work.

Student Studio Access (Winter 2018)


8 Mondays: Jan 8 - Feb 26

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $40 members; $65 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class. All sessions will be monitored by the Ceramics Coordinator or Apprentice, but no additional instruction will occur. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session ceramics classes.

Intro to Ceramics (Winter 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Jan 9 - Feb 27

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Karen McKee


Price: $270 members; $295 non-members

Learn the basics of wheelthrowing and handbuilding to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks in our professional ceramics studio. Experiment with surface design and textures while using glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Interpreting the Portrait (Winter 2018)


8 Mondays: Jan 8 - Feb 26

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Heather Heitzenrater


Price: $240 members; $265 non-members

This class focuses on painting the human head.  Students will learn how to mix skin tones, sight facial features, learn facial anatomy and facial expressions,  and how to make a conceptual portrait. Students will have a short lecture before starting their assignment. They will also work from a real life model.

Mixed Media Expressionism in Painting (Winter 2018)


8 Mondays: Jan 8 - Feb 26

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joe Noderer


Price: $240 members; $265 non-members

Learn how to take inspiration from the unusual approaches of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Ernst and other strikingly unusual painters from the past as well as some from the present. Using oil and/or acrylic paint, you will use different approaches to mark making, color, composition, and alternative materials to make your paintings just as unique as your personality.

Pittsburgh Landscapes (Winter 2018)


6 Mondays: Jan 8 - Feb 12

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan McCormick


Price: $175 members; $200 non-members

Use watercolor, acrylic and oil paint to cultivate scenes of Pittsburgh's urban landscape. View and discuss historical and contemporary artworks inspired by our city and utilize experimental painting techniques to add abstract aspects to your individual Pittsburgh scenes. Supply list provided.

Etching for Beginners (Winter 2018)


4 Mondays: Jan 8 - Jan 29

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructors: Tom Norulak


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Learn traditional printmaking techniques from the time of Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler and Contemporary Masters. Students will explore line etching techniques to create elegant prints in black and white. The class is for all skill levels: beginners, intermediate, or as a refresher course for experienced printmakers.

Weaving (Winter 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Jan 9 - Feb 27

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Instructor: Debra Meteney


Price: $245 members; $270 non-members

Work in an open environment, side by side with both beginning and returning students. Learn to warp, dress the loom, sample various patterns, read drafts and understand color interactions. Advanced students may work independently with instruction in the area of their choice. Open studio is available 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM on Tuesdays for the duration of class. All materials included.

Jewelery Open Studio (Winter 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Jan 9 - Feb 27

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $85 members; $110 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class. All sessions will be monitored by the Jewelry Coordinator, but no additional instruction will occur. Only open to students currently registered in jewelry classes, or who have prior approval from the Jewelry Coordinator.

Block Printing (Winter 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Jan 9 - Feb 27

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Mengya Jin


Price: $225 members; $250 non-members

Learn the basics of block cut techniques to print work on surfaces like paper and fabrics. Students will experience the single-layer and multi-layer printing process to develop personal work. Students will also learn to make custom printed fabric. Supply list will be provided on the first day of class.

Weaving Studio Access (Winter 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Jan 9 - Feb 27

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Debra Meteney


Price: $50 members; $75 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session weaving class.

Wheel Throwing with Dacey Haughwout (Winter 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Jan 10 - Feb 28

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Dacey Haughwout


Price: $270 members; $295 non-members

The focus of this class is to develop personal aesthetics and ease of production. We will focus on proficient throwing and trimming, as well as learning about popular artists in the ceramics field and their techniques. During this class we will cover the basics of surface decoration including sgraffito, mishima, slip texturing, and stamping. A variety of handle making techniques and spouts will also be covered. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Intro to Drawing (Winter 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Jan 10 - Feb 28

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joseph Noderer


Price: $240 members; $265 non-members

Learn to develop your power of observation and mark-making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships.  Using a variety of drawing materials and approaches, you’ll work primarily from still life, with one session focusing on the figure using a clothed model. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Metal Jewelry (Winter 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Jan 10 - Feb 28

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $245 members; $270 non-members

Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing in this project-based course. Work on basic forming and construction techniques as well as sawing, stone setting, annealing and soldering. Experiment with surface design techniques such as enameling and etching as you create bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, and brooches. Copper Metals may be purchased from instructor for a fee of $30 or less. Supply list provided.

Patrick Daugherty's Painting Studio (Winter 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Jan 10 - Feb 28

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty


Price: $245 members; $270 non-members

Join this open studio style class where all learning levels work side-by-side. Beginning students will complete instructor-led exercises as an introduction to painting, with an emphasis on understanding materials and color. Intermediate and advanced students receive individual instruction in the area of their choice. You should be prepared to work independently with support from peers and the instructor. Class includes one session with a model. Supply list provided

Patrick Daugherty's Advanced Painting Seminar (Winter 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Jan 10 - Feb 28

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty


Price: $365 members; $390 non-members

Working in oils or acrylics, this seminar class offers greater productivity through individual instruction. You’ll be encouraged to develop an artistic vocabulary and a personal style, anything from abstraction to non-objective super-realism. Tuition includes two sessions with a model. Supply list provided.

Digital Editing with Adobe Premiere (Winter 2018)


3 Wednesdays: January 10 - January 24

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Molly Duerig


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Adobe Premiere is one of the world's most powerful and versatile video editing tools. Want to learn how to use it better? We'll teach you how to edit, plus manage your media and workflow. We'll also view scenes from contemporary movies and talk about editing aesthetics, match-cutting, pacing, and creating structure for a scene.

Anatomy of the Human Head (Winter 2018)


4 Thursdays: Jan 11 - Feb 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Heather Heitzenrater


Price: $185 members; $210 non-members

This class will focus on drawing the human head. Students will learn about the skull and the muscle system that constructs the human head. They will also learn how to draw facial expressions and sight facial features. Students will use charcoal to complete their drawings. Students will have a short lecture before starting their assignment. They will also work from a real life model. Supply list provided.

Metal Jewelry II (Winter 2018)


8 Thursdays: Jan 11 - Mar 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer


Price: $190 members; $215 non-members

Expand your skills in metal jewelrymaking with this intermediate class for students with more experience. You'll go beyond the basics to form your own bezel settings, make findings, soldered chains, and mixed metal projects. Learn how to design jewelry with confidence, completing individual projects. Materials discussed in first class.

Stained Glass (Winter 2018)


6 Thursdays: Jan 11 - Feb 15

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Patti Middlemiss


Price: $205 members; $230 non-members

Join PCA Shop Artist Patti Middlemiss to learn a fine craft that has been around since ancient times. Use techniques such as foiling, soldering, glass grinding and cutting to create a simple, gorgeous piece to place in front of a window. Supply list provided.

Intro to Watercolor (Winter 2018)


8 Thursdays: Jan 11 - Mar 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Al Middlemiss


Intro to Watercolor

Learn how to paint like the masters – from still life sets and live models, as well as from prompts and experimental exercises. We’ll venture into Mellon Park and learn to observe our surroundings, plus look to artists such as Andrew Wyeth, David Levine, Winslow Homer, and others, who create plein air watercolors in all seasons. Work independently throughout class and participate in group critiques and group discussions. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Shooting with Your Digital Camera (Winter 2018)


3 Thursdays: January 11 - January 25

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Bechtold


Shooting with Your Digital Camera

Looking to understand all the functions on your digital camera better? Let’s get creative! We’ll teach you how to use your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and use light to produce quality photographs. Please bring your own DSLR or mirrorless camera to class.

Casseroles & Canisters (Winter 2018)


4 Thursdays: Jan 11 - Feb 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Cynthia Young


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

Hone your ceramic skills in this class as we throw, alter and handbuild forms. Explore lid-making techniques and the construction of larger forms by joining two smaller ones. Experiment with handles and textures. Finally, finish work by glazing for either high fire gas or cone 6 electric firings. Then enjoy using your functional vessels in your kitchen! Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Production Pottery 101 (Winter 2018)


4 Saturdays: Jan 13 - Feb 3

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Dacey Haughwout


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

This 4 week intensive throwing class will allow students to refine and explore their craft, guided by a seasoned ceramicist, while enhancing and developing their personal aesthetics. Discuss ways of marketing, producing, and selling work, and learn more about the production potter’s pacing through discussion and hands-on practice. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings.

Abstract Drawing and Collage (Winter 2018)


8 Saturdays: Jan 13 - Mar 3

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan McCormick


Price: $225 members; $250 non-members

Unleash your imaginative spirit and create intuitive abstract pieces. Students will study Surrealist and Dada techniques to inspire their own drawings and collages. The course will also allow students to use music and literature to inform their own visual art. Supplies will include traditional art supplies alongside re-purposed, or found objects. Supply list provided.

Metalsmithing Studio (PM) (Winter 2018)


8 Saturdays: Jan 13 - Mar 3

1:00 PM - 4:00PM

Instructor: Pat Falbo


Price: $230 members; $255 non-members

Create individual projects while learning metalsmithing and stonesetting skills. You'll focus on designing and constructing jewelry and small obects such as spoons and decorative homewares. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up. Materials discussed in first class.

Metalsmithing Studio (AM) (Winter 2018)


8 Saturdays: Jan 13 - Mar 3

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Pat Falbo


Price: $230 members; $255 non-members

Create individual projects while learning metalsmithing and stonesetting skills. You'll focus on designing and constructing jewelry and small obects such as spoons and decorative homewares. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up. Materials discussed in first class.

Solar Plate (Winter 2018)


8 Saturdays: Jan 13 - Mar 3

9:30 AM -12:30 PM

Instructor: Conor McGrann


Price: $225 members; $250 non-members

Explore photographic solar plate printmaking. Alternating weeks between the Oakland and Shadyside facilities, students will utilize the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Plate-maker and computer labs, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Printshop facilities and its printing presses. Applications for these techniques include, photogravure, etchings made from digitized drawings, letter press ready digital plates, etc, all without having to expose yourself to any acid that would traditionally be used in platemaking. Students have the opportunity to utilize open access hours at both facilities for the duration of class. Students will be supplied one 12"x16" solar plate each, ink and supplies for printing, and transparencies for making films.

Family Maker Day: Create and Animate (Winter 2018)


1 Saturday: January 13

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructors: Molly Duerig & Margo Dolgos


Price: $50 for two people, $25 for each additional person

Create a world of your own in this fun family workshop combining collage and sculpture with storytelling and animation. You’ll work together to brainstorm an original story, design a unique set, and create zany characters. Then, bring everything to life through stop-motion animation, using tablets and apps! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Up to three children per one adult. Tuition is $25 per person.

Shooting with Your Digital Camera @ PF (Winter 2018)


3 Saturdays: January 13 - January 27

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Erin Bechtold


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Looking to understand all the functions on your digital camera better? Let’s get creative! We’ll teach you how to use your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and use light to produce quality photographs. Please bring your own DSLR or mirrorless camera to class.

Animation for Kids (Winter 2018)


4 Saturdays: January 20 - February 10

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Asia Bey


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Calling all young artists! Explore the imaginative possibilities of animation in this class. You’ll work with a variety of materials, including paper cut-outs, clay and Legos, to create short, stop-motion animations using tablets and apps.

Drawing and Painting Explorations (Winter 2018)


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan McCormick


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Learn how to turn ideas into sketches, sketches into drawings, and drawings into paintings in this fun class for young creatives. You’ll explore a variety of materials including charcoals, pastels, acrylic paints and watercolors to create your own unique pieces.

Adventures in Green Screen (Winter 2018)


4 Saturdays: January 20 - February 10

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Create “movie magic” using green screen technology! Explore an imaginative world of possibilities by creating your own superhero or fantasy character. You’ll work together with other students to perform, direct and edit an original production. No prior experience required, but this class is ideal for students who have taken some type of video class before.

Foundations of Sculpture (Winter 2018)


4 Saturdays: January 20 - February 10

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Foundations of Sculpture

In this class, you’ll use clay, wire, fabric and found materials to create eclectic sculptures that can hang, stand or sit. Collaborate with your peers to design and bring to life your own, unique installation art. Viewing the work of sculpture artists like Alberto Giacometti and Christo and Jeanne-Claude will inspire your creative process.

Manga to Anime (Winter 2018)


6 Saturdays: January 20 - February 24

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Jayla Patton


Price: $150 members, $175 non-members

An artistic tradition based in Japan, print comics known as manga have become a popular art form worldwide. Animated filmmaking derived from manga is known as anime. In this class, you'll learn about line, contour and figure drawing to create your own manga-inspired anime, using graphics tablets and animation software.

Portfolio Development (Winter 2018)


6 Saturdays: January 20 - February 24

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $150 members, $175 non-members

Find the direction and support you need to create a strong portfolio under the guidance of a knowledgeable and talented artist. No matter what your medium, we’ll help you synthesize an artist’s statement and document your creative work in a way that’s easily shareable. Depending on your art form, we may suggest that you create either a digital or physical portfolio. Please bring an example of your work to our first meeting.

Digital Video @ PF (Winter 2018)


6 Saturdays: January 20 - February 24

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Moore


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

This class offers a solid foundation in the key aesthetic and technical skills essential to creating digital movies. Composition, cinematography, audio and editing are some of the concepts that will be covered. In-class screenings and discussion of narrative, documentary and experimental films and videos will enable participants to gain command of the language of filmmaking. Using digital video cameras and Adobe Premiere editing software, students will collaborate on in-class projects and make a short (2 – 4 min) film of their own. This class is held at our Pittsburgh Filmmakers location.

Producing Reality TV @ PF (Winter 2018)


6 Mondays: January 22 - February 26

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Cherisse Parks


Price: $195 members, $220 non-members

Discover what it takes to produce an reality TV show. From casting to budgeting to creating a sizzle reel, this course will introduce you to the world of unscripted television and the key project management skills required of all media producers. Each week, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with a different industry player, who could be a ‘Lip Sync Battle’ executive producer, a casting producer for ‘Miami Ink,’ or another experienced professional. Some prior experience with video production is suggested, but not required.

Collagraph Printing (Winter 2018)


4 Thursdays: Feb 1 - Feb 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Conor McGrann


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Collagraphy is a form of printmaking based on collaging found objects (dried leaves, scrap paper, fabric, foil, glue, etc.) to create a uniquely textured printing plate. Once their collagraph plates are prepared, the students will learn to ink and wipe the surface until only the ink stuck in the texture remains. Objects that are smooth will hold very little ink, printing almost white. Objects that have a lot of texture can hold enough ink to print black. Students will learn how to select textures to compose a print that has depth and a variety of values, wipe and print small batch editions from their plates, and use multiple plates and colors to create intricate and one-of-a-kind prints.

Video Game Programming (Winter 2018)


4 Saturdays: February 3 - February 24

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Danielle Kogan


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Explore the creative world of video game design! Create your own video games using Scratch. Then, delve into the Javascript code language that makes those games possible. You’ll learn how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively - all essential skills for any young aspiring programmer to practice.

Animating in 3D @ PF (Winter 2018)


6 Saturdays: February 3 - March 10

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Danielle Kogan


Price: $195 members, $220 non-members

Delve into the basics of 3D animation! In this introductory course, students will learn about 3D animation using pre-built character models, rigs, and sets. Students will work in Maya, a comprehensive 3D animation program used around the world for game design and film creation.

Pouring with Paint (Winter 2018)


3 Thursdays: Feb 8 - Feb 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Crystal Latimer


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Take time to appreciate the natural flow of paint. Learn how to use a paint pour to create a finished piece, or lay an exciting foundation for something new. Explore different grounds, tools, acrylic mediums, and techniques that will help you create a perfect swirl of color on your canvas. Supply list provided.

Electronic Soundscapes (Winter 2018)


6 Thursdays: February 8 - March 15

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Madeleine Campbell


Price: $195 members, $220 non-members

What is “music”? It surrounds us every day! In this workshop, you’ll learn about recording sound and explore a variety of sound manipulation techniques. Use digital software to create your own unique, electronic soundscape by the end of the course.

Handbuilding with Textured Slabs (Winter 2018)


4 Thursdays: Feb 8 - Mar 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Audra Clayton


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

Use a variety of techniques and tools to explore making functional work using slabs. Add interest to those works using a variety of tools you can make yourself. This class is suitable for beginners who want to familiarize themselves with clay and experienced potters who want to explore new ideas. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Archival Photo Workshop @ PF (Winter 2018)


1 Saturday: Feb 10

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Instructor: Kara Sambrick


Price: $70 members, $95 non-members

Are your cherished photographs getting old and discolored? Learn how to digitize with our flatbed scanners! We’ll cover scan-to-print workflow with Photoshop, and even delve into some basic photography techniques that will help you next time you go out and shoot. Cost includes one print per student.

Family Maker Day: Portraits and Printmaking (Winter 2018)


1 Saturday: Feb 10

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $50 for two people, $25 for each additional person

Get ready for Valentine's Day by creating together with PF/PCA! Come to our photo booth to shoot family portraits and learn a few basic digital photography tips. Then, design and screenprint original valentine cards in our printmaking studio. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Up to three children per one adult. Tuition is $25 per person.

Welcome to Wordpress (Winter 2018)


1 Saturday: February 17

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $70 members, $95 non-members

Need to create a digital portfolio or simple website? We’ve got you covered. Come learn how to get started designing your own unique web page on Wordpress, one of the most user-friendly platforms out there. We’ll cover uploading workflow, design elements and a few super simple coding concepts for those looking to get more in-depth with web design. No prior experience required, but feel free to bring any images, files, etc. that you’d like to get up online.

Drop-In Nude Model Session (Winter 2018)


1 Thursday: Mar 8

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $15 members and non-members

Join us for informal figure drawing with an unclothed model. Use the open drawing time as an extension to one of your drawing or painting courses or as an opportunity to hone your power of observation to further your personal work.

Family Maker Day: Exploring Drones (Spring 2018)


1 Saturday: March 10

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Angelo Re


Price: $50 for two people, $25 for each additional person

Learn about the innovative possibilities of drones in this exploratory family workshop. We’ll discuss different types of flying machines and their uses, then take to the skies with a flight simulator and micro drone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Up to three children per one adult. Tuition is $25 per person.

Student Studio Access (Spring 2018)


8 Mondays: Mar 12 - Apr 30

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $40 members; $65 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class. All sessions will be monitored by the Ceramics Coordinator or Apprentice, but no additional instruction will occur. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session ceramics classes

Interpreting the Portrait (Spring 2018)


8 Mondays: Mar 12 - Apr 30

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Heather Heitzenrater


Price: $240 members; $265 non-members

This class focuses on painting the human head.  Students will learn how to mix skin tones, sight facial features, learn facial anatomy and facial expressions,  and how to make a conceptual portrait. Students will have a short lecture before starting their assignment. They will also work from a real life model.

Pittsburgh Landscapes (Spring 2018)


6 Mondays: Mar 12 - Apr 16

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan McCormick


Price: $175 members; $200 non-members

Use watercolor, acrylic and oil paint to cultivate scenes of Pittsburgh's urban landscape. View and discuss historical and contemporary artworks inspired by our city and utilize experimental painting techniques to add abstract aspects to your individual Pittsburgh scenes. Supply list provided.

Etching for Beginners II (Spring 2018)


4 Mondays: Mar 12 - Apr 2

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Tom Norulak


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Learn traditional printmaking techniques from the time of Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler and Contemporary Masters. Students will explore line etching techniques to create elegant prints in black and white.. The class is for all skill levels: beginners, intermediate, or as a refresher course for experienced printmakers. Exploration of additional etching and printing techniques including aquatint and printing with color.

Intensive Ceramic Workshop with Frank Martin (Spring 2018)


2 Weekdays: March 12 - March 13

March 12: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, March 13: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Frank Martin


Price: $150 members, $175 non-members

Frank Martin utilizes the potter's wheel as a tool to design useful objects for the home. This workshop takes a closer look at the liberty found within the limitations of utility while exploring the relationships between wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques. A range of techniques and forms for producing functional work will be demonstrated while concentrating on how to stimulate and evolve personal ideas while focusing on more individualized pots and creating energetic tableware. The workshop will also include an artist talk during the March 12th session.

Intro to Ceramics (Spring 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Mar 13 - May 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Audra Clayton


Price: $270 members; $295 non-members

Learn the basics of wheelthrowing and handbuilding to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks in our professional ceramics studio. Experiment with surface design and textures and use glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Weaving (Spring 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Mar 13 - May 1

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Instructor: Debra Meteney


Price: $245 members; $270 non-members

Work in an open environment, side by side with both beginning and returning students. Learn to warp, dress the loom, sample various patterns, read drafts and understand color interactions. Advanced students may work independently with instruction in the area of their choice. Open studio is available 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM on Tuesdays for the duration of class. All materials included.

Jewelry Open Studio (Spring 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Mar 13 - May 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $85 members, $110 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class. All sessions will be monitored by the Jewelry Coordinator, but no additional instruction will occur. Only open to students currently registered in jewelry classes, or who have prior approval from the Jewelry Coordinator.

Color Theory (Spring 2018)


4 Tuesdays: Mar 13 - Apr 3

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Heather Heitzenrater


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Students will learn the properties of color, and how to mix paints effectively.  Students will make color charts, do mixing exercises, and do color study still lives to explore color relationships.

Contemporary Painting Concepts (Spring 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Mar 13 - May 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Crystal Latimer


Price: $235 members; $260 non-members

Expand your painting horizons by utilizing spray paint, metallic gilding, and other materials to experiment with surface and solvency. Incorporate printmaking, collage, and various markmaking methods to build layers and create richness within your artwork. Work along Crystal Latimer, who will share insight into her artistic process and that of other contemporary artists. Some materials included. Supply list provided.

Weaving Studio Access (Spring 2018)


8 Tuesdays: Mar 13 - May 1

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Debra Meteney


Price: $50 members, $75 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session weaving class.

Do the Slump! (Spring 2018)


4 Wednesdays: Mar 14 - Apr 4

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Karen McKee


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

Enjoy 4 weeks of using slump and hump molds to create beautiful serving trays and small dishes. Students will learn how to properly prepare slabs for use with molds. Students will learn how to glaze their pieces using stencils, underglazes, glazes and incising into the clay to create a design. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings.

Intro to Drawing (Spring 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Mar 14 - May 2

6:30 PM - 9:30PM

Instructor: Joseph Noderer


Price: $240 members; $265 non-members

Learn to develop your power of observation and mark-making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships.  Using a variety of drawing materials and approaches, you’ll work primarily from still life, with one session focusing on the figure using a clothed model. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Metal Jewelry (Spring 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Mar 14 - May 2

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $245 members; $270 non-members

Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing in this project-based course. Work on basic forming and construction techniques as well as sawing, stone setting, annealing and soldering. Experiment with surface design techniques such as enameling and etching as you create bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, and brooches. Copper Metals may be purchased from instructor for a fee of $30 or less. Supply list provided.

Patrick Daugherty's Painting Studio (Spring 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Mar 14 - May 2

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty


Price: $245 members; $270 non-members

Join this open studio style class where all learning levels work side-by-side. Beginning students will complete instructor-led exercises as an introduction to painting, with an emphasis on understanding materials and color. Intermediate and advanced students receive individual instruction in the area of their choice. You should be prepared to work independently with support from peers and the instructor. Class includes one session with a model. Supply list provided

Patrick Daugherty's Advanced Painting Seminar (Spring 2018)


8 Wednesdays: Mar 14 - May 2

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty


Price: $365 members; $390 non-members

Working in oils or acrylics, this seminar class offers greater productivity through individual instruction. You’ll be encouraged to develop an artistic vocabulary and a personal style, anything from abstraction to non-objective super-realism. Tuition includes two sessions with a model. Supply list provided.

Digital Editing with Adobe Premiere (Spring 2018)


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Adobe Premiere is one of the world's most powerful and versatile video editing tools. Want to learn how to use it better? We'll teach you how to edit, plus manage your media and workflow. We'll also view scenes from contemporary movies and talk about editing aesthetics, match-cutting, pacing, and creating structure for a scene.

Writing Studio (Spring 2018)


6 Thursdays: Mar 15 - Apr 19

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Adam Reger


Price: $180 members; $205 non-members

For many writers, simply finding the time to write can be the biggest challenge of all. This class offers you the time, space, and inspiration to pursue your writing goals in a distraction-free and supportive environment. Meetings are structured around writing exercises and free time in which to work on a project of your choice. We'll also discuss writing, from craft techniques to strategies for getting work done. Writers of all genres and levels of experience are welcome.

Surrealist Inspired Drawing (Spring 2018)


4 Thursdays: Mar 15 - Apr 5

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joseph Noderer


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Learn to use creative ways of generating content, inspired by the surrealist concepts of automatic drawing and exquisite corpse. The use of multiple materials will help us make our unusual drawings as bold and evocative as the work of the surrealists.

Metal Jewelry II (Spring 2018)


8 Thursdays: Mar 15 - May 3

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer


Price: $190 members; $215 non-members

Expand your skills in metal jewelrymaking with this intermediate class for students with more experience. You'll go beyond the basics to form your own bezel settings, make findings, soldered chains, and mixed metal projects. Learn how to design jewelry with confidence, completing individual projects. Materials discussed in first class.

Stained Glass (Spring 2018)


6 Thursdays: Mar 15 - Apr 19

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Patti Middlemiss


Price: $205 members; $230 non-members

Join PCA Shop Artist Patti Middlemiss to learn a fine craft that has been around since ancient times. Use techniques such as foiling, soldering, glass grinding and cutting to create a simple, gorgeous piece to place in front of a window. Supply list provided.

Intro to Watercolor (Spring 2018)


8 Thursdays: Mar 15 - May 3

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Al Middlemiss


Price: $240 members; $265 non-members

Learn how to paint like the masters – from still life sets and live models, as well as from prompts and experimental exercises. We’ll venture into Mellon Park and learn to observe our surroundings, plus look to artists such as Andrew Wyeth, David Levine, Winslow Homer, and others, who create plein air watercolors in all seasons. Work independently throughout class and participate in group critiques and group discussions. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

1/2 Handbuilding, 1/2 Wheel Throwing (Spring 2018)


4 Saturdays: Mar 17 - Apr 7

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Cynthia Young


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

Try your hand at making functional ceramic items using both handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques, such as slump forming, press molding, and slab building. Students will make simple wheel thrown forms like cups, bowls, and plates and embellish them with their own handmade alterations. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings.

Drawing & Painting (Spring 2018)


8 Saturdays: Mar 17 - May 5

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan McCormick


Price: $225 members; $250 non-members

Learn how to turn ideas into sketches, sketches into drawings and drawings into paintings. Experiment with drawing materials like charcoal and pastel and as well as acrylic paints and optional oil paints. Explore representational and abstract designs and begin to focus on conveying meaning through your personal work. Supply list provided.

Metalsmithing Studio (PM) (Spring 2018)


8 Saturdays: Mar 17 - May 5

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Pat Falbo


Price: $230 members; $255 non-members

Create individual projects while learning metalsmithing and stonesetting skills. You'll focus on designing and constructing jewelry and small obects such as spoons and decorative homewares. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up. Materials discussed in first class.

Metalsmithing Studio (AM) (Spring 2018)


8 Saturdays: Mar 17 - May 5

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Pat Falbo


Price: $230 members; $255 non-members

Create individual projects while learning metalsmithing and stonesetting skills. You'll focus on designing and constructing jewelry and small obects such as spoons and decorative homewares. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up. Materials discussed in first class.

Solar Plate (Spring 2018)


8 Saturdays: Mar 17 - May 5

9:30 AM -12:30 PM

Instructor: Conor McGrann


Price: $225 members; $250 non-members

Explore photographic solar plate printmaking. Alternating weeks between the Oakland and Shadyside facilities, students will utilize the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Plate-maker and computer labs, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Printshop facilities and its printing presses. Applications for these techniques include, photogravure, etchings made from digitized drawings, letter press ready digital plates, etc, all without having to expose yourself to any acid that would traditionally be used in platemaking. Students have the opportunity to utilize open access hours at both facilities for the duration of class. Students will be supplied one 12"x16" solar plate each, ink and supplies for printing, and transparencies for making films.

Draw/Paint/Print (Spring 2018)


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

This class serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing, painting and printmaking for very young artists. We’ll combine these techniques to create unique multimedia artworks together, using a range of materials like charcoal, watercolor and block ink. No class March 31.

Exploring Photography (Spring 2018)


4 Saturdays: March 17 - April 14

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Erin Bechtold


Price: $115 members, $140 non-members

If you like taking pictures, this is the class for you. You’ll have the chance to explore traditional as well as digital photographic processes, including pinhole cameras, camera obscura, photograms, painting with light, Photoshop basics and more. All equipment and materials are provided. No class March 31.

Clay Explorations (Spring 2018)


4 Saturdays: March 17 - April 14

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Explore the creativity and diversity of working with clay! You’ll use handbuilding skills to create functional vessels like bowls and cups, and discover the expressive possibilities of sculpting. Bring your work to life using decorative surface designs and glazes. Due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramic piece, artworks might need to be picked up at a later date. No class March 31.

Foundations of Drawing and Painting (Spring 2018)


4 Saturdays: March 17 - April 14

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Learn how to turn ideas into sketches, sketches into drawings, and drawings into paintings in this fun class for young creatives. You’ll explore a variety of materials including charcoals, pastels, acrylic paints and watercolors to create your own unique pieces. No class March 31.

Foundations of Digital Animation (Spring 2018)


4 Saturdays: March 17 - April 14

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Danielle Kogan


Price: $100 members, $125 non-members

Dive into the fascinating world of animation with Adobe Animate! You'll explore the art of character design and brainstorm an original creation of your own. Then, use a stylus and graphics tablet to translate your visions into a smooth animation. In-class screenings of contemporary as well as historic animations will inform your work. No class March 31.

Aerial Imagery Workshop (Spring 2018)


6 Saturdays: March 17 - April 28

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Angelo Re


Price: $150 members, $175 non-members

Take to the skies in this special class designed to introduce you to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones). You’ll learn about different types of drones and their various uses before using a flight simulator to see what it’s like to fly. Then, you’ll head outside to experiment with several different models, including micro drones, quadcopters and cinema drones. We’ll also discuss the legality of flying UAVs, and what it takes to build your own flying machine. No class on March 31.

Digital Animation Workshop (Spring 2018)


6 Saturdays: March 17 - April 28

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Danielle Kogan


Price: $150 members, $175 non-members

This workshop serves as an introduction to digital illustration for students interested in drawing, animating, and creating characters and worlds of their own. You'll learn how to create computer-generated 2D animations using a stylus and graphics tablet, while referencing animations viewed in class to inform and improve your work. Work with Adobe Animate to explore the vast possibilities of animation, and begin bringing your own unique stories to life! No class March 31.

Drawing Workshop (Spring 2018)


6 Saturdays: March 17 - April 28

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

Draw from a clothed model to gain experience with gesture and contour and learn about proportion and anatomy. You'll use materials like charcoal, oil pastel and paint to hone your observational skills. Move beyond sketched studies to create a successful piece of artwork. No class March 31st.

Family Maker Day: Making Mugs (Spring 2018)


1 Saturday: March 17

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $50 for two people, $25 for each additional person

Learn about ceramics by creating your own unique mug using the slab process. Individualize your piece by adding texture and a handle; then, send it off to be glazed. Note: Participants will need to pick up their pieces at a later date. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Up to three children per one adult. Tuition is $25 per person.

Create and Animate (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 19 - March 23

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Danielle Kogan


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Create a world of your own in this camp that combines painting, collage and sculpture with storytelling and animation. Design zany characters, sets, props and create original stories. Then, bring everything to life through stop-motion animation using tablets and apps.

Mosaics & Ceramics (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 19 - March 23

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $260 members, $285 non-members

Experience a diverse range of ceramics, assemblage and sculpting techniques in one camp. Refine your handbuilding skills to form unique functional and sculptural work from earthenware. Combine sculpting processes in a collaged mosaic by creating clay tiles and utilizing glass and found objects in one final composition. Due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramic piece, artworks will need to be picked up at a later date.

Foundations of Digital Animation (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 19 - March 23

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Danielle Kogan


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Dive into the fascinating world of animation with Adobe Animate in this camp! You'll explore the art of character design and brainstorm an original creation of your own. Then, use a stylus and graphics tablet to translate your visions into a smooth animation. In-class screenings of contemporary as well as historic animations will inform your work.

Darkroom Photography Workshop @ PF (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 19 - March 23

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Kara Sambrick


Price: $400 members, $425 non-members

This workshop provides an opportunity for curious photographers of all skill levels to produce images using the analog process. We’ll cover photograms, pinhole cameras and black-and-white 35mm film photography. After choosing and digitizing your best prints, you’ll then explore contemporary digital tools like Photoshop and Lightroom to edit your images.

Low Fire Soda Kiln Intensive (Spring 2018)


4 Thursdays: Mar 22 - Apr 12

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Dan Tomcik


Price: $160 members; $185 non-members

In this four week intensive workshop, we will explore various techniques to obtain atmospheric surfaces with earthenware. Starting by talking about pots that are meant for reduction down-firing, then making a body of work to fire in the PCA soda kiln.  Together, we will use form, terra-sigilatta, slips, glazes, wadding and stacking techniques while being conscious of the path of the flame, and the reductive state of the down firing. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings.

Family Maker Day: Suncatchers and Bracelets (Spring 2018)


1 Saturday: March 24

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $50 for two people, $25 for each additional person

Get in the spirit for spring! At this Family Maker Day, we’ll use the mosaic technique to create suncatchers, and explore metalsmithing by creating our own unique bracelets. All children must be accompanied by an adult, up to three children per one adult. Tuition is $25 per person.

Pop Art (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 26 - March 29

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $260 members, $285 non-members

Enter the world of Pop Art in this dynamic mixed-media camp. Use paints, inks and found objects to create bold, colorful 2D and 3D artworks inspired by famous pop artists like Pittsburgh’s own Andy Warhol.

Creating with Light (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 26 - March 29

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Discover what makes for a great photograph, and learn how to create one, in this hands-on camp. Work with digital cameras, learn the basics of Photoshop, and even make a photo with no camera at all, using pinhole cameras and the photogram technique.

Manipulating Metals (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 26 - March 29

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $285 members, $305 non-members

Manipulate metals like copper and pewter to create truly unique wearable artworks. Design, carve, stamp and form decorative pieces through metal working processes including embossing, metal plating, enameling and casting.

Photo-Ceramic Remix (Spring 2018)


1 Week: March 26 - March 29

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Combine elements of digital photography and ceramics for a unique multimedia experience. Learn to harness the power of digital photography and different Adobe programs like InDesign and PhotoShop to create original designs. Transfer your images onto handmade ceramic pottery and tiles you create. Use specific glazes in conjunction with your digital images to further embellish the final look of your wares. Bring your own digital camera to camp or borrow one of ours. All materials are provided.

Raku Potluck (Spring 2018)


1 Friday: Mar 30

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Kyle Houser


Price: $30 members and non-members

Participate in a community firing and finish up to three bisqued pieces in our Raku Kiln. Every additional piece will be 10 dollars extra. Tuition includes the cost of glazes. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or drink to share. Pieces must be made and bisqued prior to Raku night

Nichos (Spring 2018)


4 Wednesdays: Apr 11 - May 2

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Karen McKee


Price: $150 members; $175 non-members

Explore and create the Nichos or Retablos from the Roman Catholic, Mexican, Latin American origin. Small and built in shadow box style, common structural conventions for Nichos include hinged doors, carved borders, and multiple panels. Within the box there is a key object or central figure for whose honor or memory the nicho has been created. Decorate your own piece with personal items, found objects or use sculpted clay for adornment and decoration. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings.

Photographic Screen Printing (Spring 2018)


4 Thursdays: Apr 12 - May 3

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Conor McGrann


Price: $130 members; $155 non-members

Students will utilize digital and analog image-making techniques to make handmade one-of-a-kind prints, posters, t-shirts, etc. Students in the class will be taught how to make their own exposure unit at home, expose screens with Diazo Photo-emulsion, print a digital film from a computer, use Adobe programs or a freeware equivalent to compose images and layers, reclaim and reuse a screen, and how to properly use a squeegee and ink to print screens.

Shooting with Your Digital Camera (Spring 2018)


3 Thursdays: April 12 - April 26

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Looking to understand all the functions on your digital camera better? Let’s get creative! We’ll teach you how to use your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and use light to produce quality photographs. Please bring your own camera to class.

Family Maker Day: Drawing and Stained Glass (Spring 2018)


1 Saturday: April 14

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $50 for two people, $25 for each additional person

Looking to get creative as a family? This workshop is for you - and yours! Brainstorm and sketch ideas together, then create some beautiful stained glass pieces using the mosaic technique. All children must be accompanied by an adult, up to three children per one adult. Tuition is $25 per person.

Archival Photo Workshop @ PF (Spring 2018)


1 Saturday: April 14

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $70 members, $95 non-members

Are your cherished photographs getting old and discolored? Learn how to digitize with our flatbed scanners! We’ll cover scan-to-print workflow with Photoshop, and even delve into some basic photography techniques that will help you next time you go out and shoot. Cost includes one print per student.

Shooting with Your Digital Camera @ PF (Spring 2018)


3 Saturdays: April 14 - April 28

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Kara Sambrick


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Looking to understand all the functions on your digital camera better? Let’s get creative! We’ll teach you how to use your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and use light to produce quality photographs. Please bring your own DSLR or mirrorless camera to class.

Raku Potluck (Spring 2018)


1 Friday: Apr 27

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Kyle Houser


Price: $30 members and non-members

Participate in a community firing and finish up to three bisqued pieces in our Raku Kiln. Every additional piece will be 10 dollars extra. Tuition includes the cost of glazes. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or drink to share. Pieces must be made and bisqued prior to Raku night.

Drop-In Nude Model Session (Spring 2018)


1 Thursday: May 10

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $15 members and non-members

Join us for informal figure drawing with an unclothed model. Use the open drawing time as an extension to one of your drawing or painting courses or as an opportunity to hone your power of observation to further your personal work.

Clay Explorations


5 Saturdays: Dec 18 - Dec 22

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instuctor: TBA


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Explore the creativity and diversity of working with clay. Use handbuilding skills to create functional vessels like bowls and cups, and discover the expressive possibilities of sculpting as you try your hand at realistic sculptures and brand-new abstract creations. Embrace drawing and painting techniques to bring your work to life using decorative surface designs and glazes. Due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramic piece, artworks might need to be picked up at a later date.